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    Switched Off: Save Free TV for Older People Please Sign The Petition

    For over a million of our oldest citizens the TV is their constant companion and window on the world. And now it’s under threat.

    The BBC has announced they will means test free TV licences from the over-75s. Means-testing may sound fair but in reality it means at least 650,000 of our poorest pensioners facing a big new annual bill they simply can’t afford. But this is really the Government’s doing: they pushed the scheme onto the BBC without asking any of us what we think or providing the funding to sustain it.

    Together, we must demand the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences for everyone over 75.

    https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/...ng.id=1unr39mb

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    Yes, put the blame where it's due.

    It's government funding of licences for over 75's that has been withdrawn.

    However the BBC's claim that continuing to give over 75's free TV licenses will 'cost them money' is also disingenuous. (Missdirection).

    Yes they have lost money (the government funding) - but continuing to exempt over 75's from licence fees would not 'cost' them much, if anything at all.
    (They don't even have to issue a licence, on paper or electronically, simply say 'person over 75 no licence needed').

    It's a funding loss, it's not a 'cost'.
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